It is quite possible that Brown's conditioning isn't where it should be because of his lack of quality ring time over the past couple years (save his time in the HWA), but that is all the more reason to push him slowly, and give him the opportunity to succeed when he's in the spotlight.

There's no turning back now. The match has been signed. It will be most interesting to see if these two competitors can recapture their chemistry of 1998 or if this will just be another major let down.


Speaking of major let downs, a whole bunch of SLAM! Wrestling readers emailed me this week asking WHY the NWA TNA would even consider bringing in Nelson Frazier, better known as Mabel or Viscera.

The former WWF King Of The Ring will never be mistaken for a good worker, but he is a solid character -- something that wrestling fans seem to be missing at the Asylum. Common complaints that men like David Young, Mike Sanders and Jorge Estrada are just too bland -- Frazier is anything but.

I'm hoping that TNA decides to leave him as a bodyguard / enforcer to Ron Killings (ala Big Sal and Guido in ECW). If all Frazier does is add a backdrop for the "The Truth" and lend the odd sit out powerbomb, I won't complain.

Now, if they try booking him for a match with someone like Dusty or Vader, I might just demand a refund!


Who was that masked man? The mysterious luchador dressed all in yellow that attacked Jerry Lynn last week has been the center of many online discussions. Who was that high flyer with impressive missile dropkick? You can expect TNA to continue that storyline and possibly reveal his identity. Names that have been thrown about include Kaos of XPW, Dean Baldwin (Shark Boy), Blitzkreig (WCW) and Jamie Dundee (formerly of PG-13).

The newsboards have been red-hot with speculation and interest into the identity of "Yellow Mask" and with the entire angle.


The response I received would indicate that many viewers were thrilled to see Perry Saturn last week and are hoping that he becomes a regular part of the product. While I wasn't at all pleased with Saturn's performance, he did manage to get himself over with the crowd and has been inserted into the middle of a prominent storyline. He is being given every opportunity to succeed and I hope he does.


NWA: Total Non-Stop Action airs live at 8PM every Wednesday on pay per view.

Donnie Abreu has been a wrestling journalist for eight years and is the co-founder of IceCold Media (http://www.icecoldmedia.com). Visit IceCold Media for all your custom media design needs. Mention that you read Donnie's column on SLAM! and receive a 20% discount!


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This week's NWA: TNA preview
By DONNIE ABREU - SLAM! Wrestling


Just when you think you've got TNA's booking patterns figured out, they totally throw you off course. Jeff Jarrett waited six months before ever getting a title shot, all the while saying that he was the uncrowned champion. AJ Styles is considered by many to be the top dog in TNA, but in a very RVD-ECW kind of way, they seem to be holding his World title reign for when they most need it. Raven has been pushed a champion from the second he landed he Tennessee, but even his shot is being hyped and pushed over an extended period of time to create hype.

That brings us to the main event later tonight. World champion Jeff Jarrett will defend against D'Lo Brown who is not exactly a veteran of TNA with a mere three weeks under his belt.

Yes, D'Lo did receive the loudest ovation in the short history of the show when he debuted on March 12th but his performances in the ring and on the mic since that time have been somewhat less than spectacular.

Admittedly, I am a D'Lo booster but I expected him to do much more when he was given the opportunity to bust free of "the WWE's shackles". He was part of lack luster six-man tag (with Dusty Rhodes and Jarrett versus TNA's next generation) two weeks ago and was out-worked last Wednesday when he took on a superior athlete in Chris Harris of America's Most Wanted. Sure he started the match hot, but blew up quickly and allowed Harris to carry him.

It is quite possible that Brown's conditioning isn't where it should be because of his lack of quality ring time over the past couple years (save his time in the HWA), but that is all the more reason to push him slowly, and give him the opportunity to succeed when he's in the spotlight.

There's no turning back now. The match has been signed. It will be most interesting to see if these two competitors can recapture their chemistry of 1998 or if this will just be another major let down.


Speaking of major let downs, a whole bunch of SLAM! Wrestling readers emailed me this week asking WHY the NWA TNA would even consider bringing in Nelson Frazier, better known as Mabel or Viscera.

The former WWF King Of The Ring will never be mistaken for a good worker, but he is a solid character -- something that wrestling fans seem to be missing at the Asylum. Common complaints that men like David Young, Mike Sanders and Jorge Estrada are just too bland -- Frazier is anything but.

I'm hoping that TNA decides to leave him as a bodyguard / enforcer to Ron Killings (ala Big Sal and Guido in ECW). If all Frazier does is add a backdrop for the "The Truth" and lend the odd sit out powerbomb, I won't complain.

Now, if they try booking him for a match with someone like Dusty or Vader, I might just demand a refund!


Who was that masked man? The mysterious luchador dressed all in yellow that attacked Jerry Lynn last week has been the center of many online discussions. Who was that high flyer with impressive missile dropkick? You can expect TNA to continue that storyline and possibly reveal his identity. Names that have been thrown about include Kaos of XPW, Dean Baldwin (Shark Boy), Blitzkreig (WCW) and Jamie Dundee (formerly of PG-13).

The newsboards have been red-hot with speculation and interest into the identity of "Yellow Mask" and with the entire angle.


The response I received would indicate that many viewers were thrilled to see Perry Saturn last week and are hoping that he becomes a regular part of the product. While I wasn't at all pleased with Saturn's performance, he did manage to get himself over with the crowd and has been inserted into the middle of a prominent storyline. He is being given every opportunity to succeed and I hope he does.


NWA: Total Non-Stop Action airs live at 8PM every Wednesday on pay per view.

Donnie Abreu has been a wrestling journalist for eight years and is the co-founder of IceCold Media (http://www.icecoldmedia.com). Visit IceCold Media for all your custom media design needs. Mention that you read Donnie's column on SLAM! and receive a 20% discount!